TMJ Therapy

Dr. Austin Westover has completed his mini residency at the Center for Occlusal Studies in the treatment of TMJ and Craniofacial Pain.

Symptoms of TMJ– may include all or one of the following:

  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Earaches
  • Unexplained ringing in the ears / feeling of fullness
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Locking of the jaw joint / unexplained limitation in ability to open ones mouth fully
  • Frequent headaches
  • Frequent neck and back pain
  • Soreness of teeth (usually in the mornings)
  • Facial muscle soreness
  • Clenching/grinding of teeth

TMJ Therapy – After identifying the cause of the symptoms, the dentist will explain the best option to treat your situation. Depending on the severity of the case, the following may be used to treat TMJ Disorder:

  • Oral splints (typically in cases of trauma)
  • Oral orthotics – a mouthpiece worn over the teeth to reposition the jaw into a more position that eliminates the discomfort
  • ULF TENS (Ultra-Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation) – an adjunct used in physical medicine and physical therapy adapted to treating muscular pain of the face and joints
  • Physical therapy
  • Inflammatory reduction dietary counseling
  • Injections – placing various medications into affected areas to break the pain cycle
  • Osteopathic / Cranial manipulations

Once a comfortable position has been identified, various options may be discussed to help reposition the teeth in this new, comfortable setting.